Chair in Journalism Innovation And Civic Engagement at University of Oregon's SOJC-Portland; Co-founder of A Fourth Act
Higher Education | Portland, Oregon Area, US
DeVigal is the inaugural Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement and the first professor of practice at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC). The Agora Journalism Center is devoted to transformative advancements for better journalism and stronger democracy. The center energizes research, teaching and learning to foster a culture of constant innovation and diverse collaboration to serve the public good. DeVigal also served as the multimedia editor at The New York Times, where he helped guide the newspaper’s print-driven format into the multimedia era. He integrated new approaches to interactive storytelling with The Times’ long tradition of journalistic excellence to help shape the industry with techniques still in use today.
With Laura Lo Forti, DeVigal is the co-founder of A Fourth Act, a studio that amplifies the connection between storytellers and the community they wish to invite by designing processes and tools that unleash the full potential of stories to create long-lasting positive impact. We don’t simply help build an audience. We build communities.
DeVigal is an Emmy-award winning innovative strategist who builds bridges by connecting ideas and people together to produce meaningful and interactive stories. He uses his extensive reach into various disciplines to connect the right people to collaborate and produce extraordinary work. With his exceptional knowledge of the possibilities and deeply innovative forward thinking, DeVigal has consistently demonstrated his ability to lead teams, engage audiences through purposeful user experiences, and invent creative new approaches to interactive storytelling.
Specialties: innovating and strategizing digital media, synthesizing ideas, bringing together and leading disparate teams, solving problems, engaging audiences, telling multimedia and interactive stories, designing experiences with user-first focus, managing projects and fostering a climate of collaboration.
2015 - Present
Member of the Board of Directors / ITVS
The Independent Television Service (ITVS) funds, presents, and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television and cable, innovative new media projects on the Web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens Monday nights at 10:00 PM on PBS.
2014 - Present
Chair in Journalism Innovation And Civic Engagement and Professor of Practice / University of Oregon's Agora Journalism Center
Based at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center is the gathering place for innovation in communication and civic engagement. In this moment of profound transformation, the Agora Journalism Center is re-imagining and redefining communication for the social good. We believe that the future of journalism and the future of democracy are intertwined. The Center seeks the highest and best expression of public interest journalism and communication in an interconnected, digital world. We catalyze conversation and collaboration across traditional and emerging communications platforms to promote media innovation in service to civic engagement, and civic engagement to inform media innovation.
2014 - Present
Co-founder / A Fourth Act
A Fourth Act is an interdisciplinary collective of storytellers, facilitators, researchers, designers and technologists using stories and technology to empower audiences in becoming agents of change in their communities. By honoring the knowledge of the community and our roots are in storytelling and journalism, A Fourth Act will work with you to build engagement from the ground up.
2013 - Present
Member of the Advisory Board / Tiny Spark.org
Tiny Spark is an independent news program and podcast that reports deeply and constructively on philanthropy, nonprofits, international aid and for-profit social good initiatives. Founded in 2011 by former Africa correspondent Amy Costello, Tiny Spark stories have included an investigation into TOMS Shoes and exposed the harm caused by medical volunteers in post-quake Haiti. The program also features in-depth interviews with leading voices from the world of international aid and development.
Creative Director, Content Strategy / Second Story
In addition to providing creative and strategic direction, DeVigal instilled innovative methodologies to storytelling and audience engagement, orchestrated diverse team talents and fostered collaboration across the studio. He also led the content strategy team where he led the vision to put story first in every studio project. One particular lab-driven project he envisioned and brought to life was Shape of Story: an interactive screening experience that used a mobile web application to capture and visualize audience feedback in order to spark meaningful conversation about the content.
Multimedia Editor / The New York Times
DeVigal was instrumental in helping to shape the overall transformation of The New York Times from print to digital by fostering an innovative and collaborative environment. Working closely with editors and reporters across disciplines of graphics, video, photo and technology, he pioneered new approaches to interactive storytelling while maintaining his commitment to journalistic integrity. He hired and managed a staff of multimedia journalists and technologists whose projects received many accolades including a Dupont and Emmy awards. Through his extensive reach, DeVigal expanded the team across disparate industries including radio, tech and motion design. And he helped conceive and produce story forms and processes that still influence The New York Times today.
Associate Professor / San Francisco State University
During his four-year tenure at his alma mater’s journalism department, DeVigal had the privilege of working with a passionate faculty and was given the opportunity to push the curriculum in online storytelling and visual journalism. He led the online capstone class and published Xpress Online which won several online awards and received industry-wide recognition. During this time, he also conceived and created Interactive Narratives.
Principal / DeVigal Design
As co-principal of DeVigal Design, a graphic design and web consultancy firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area, DeVigal received many accolades for its design work, particularly his hand in redesigning several online publications including The Honolulu Advertiser’s website, Albany’s (NY) The Times Union web site, The Associated Press, Newsday.com and several start-ups in Silicon Valley. Founded in 1998, DeVigal Design created award-winning visuals in print, online and interactive design. At the core of their success has been an interdisciplinary focus that draws on their combined experiences in fine arts, technology, business and journalism.
Visiting Faculty (formerly Fellow) / The Poynter Institute
DeVigal was a Poynter Fellow, the longest in its history, from 1996 to 2004. In addition to leading countless design, graphics, photojournalism and interactive storytelling seminars and programs, he was a research associate and co-program director for The 2000 Stanford-Poynter Eye-track Research Project which studied online news site consumers.
Interface Designer / Producer / Knight-Ridder New Media
Design Director / Web Producer / The Chicago Tribune Internet
DeVigal designed the early look and feel of Internet Chicago Tribune. Along with being the interface designer for the entire web site, responsibilities included producing web-enhanced story packages working with editors, reporters, photo and graphic editors. He designed and helped produce the groundbreaking Crimes Package in 1996. The package allowed visitors to enter their zip code or click on an interactive neighborhood map to get a visual representation of the crimes reported in their neighborhood. This interactive database-driven story package was the first of its kind.
Informational Graphic Journalist / The Chicago Tribune
As a graphic journalist, DeVigal illustrated and produced informational graphics, illustrations, charts and maps under tight deadlines on a daily basis.
Staff Artist / Contra Costa Times
As a staff artist, DeVigal converted AP graphics and produced original informational graphics, illustrations, charts and maps under tight deadlines on a daily basis.